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United States Amateur Championship (golf)

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The United States Amateur Championship, commonly known as the U.S. Amateur, is the leading annual golf tournament in the United States for amateur golfers. It is organized by the United States Golf Association and is currently held each August over a 7-day period.

U.S. Amateur
LocationPinehurst, North Carolina (2019)
Course(s)Pinehurst Resort & CC (2019)
Par70 (2019)
Length7,565 yd (6,917 m) (2019)
Organized byUSGA
FormatStroke play and match play
Month playedAugust
United States Andy Ogletree

In 1894 there were two tournaments called the "National Amateur Championship". One of them was played at Newport Country Club and was won by William G. Lawrence, and the other took place at St Andrew's Golf Club and was won by Laurence B. Stottard. This state of affairs prompted Charles B. Macdonald of the Chicago Golf Club to call for the creation of a national governing body to authorize an official national championship, and the Amateur Golf Association of the United States, which was soon to be renamed the United States Golf Association, was formed on December 22 of that year. In 1895 it organized both the first U.S. Amateur Championship and the first U.S. Open, both of which were played at Newport Country Club.

There are no age or gender restrictions on entry, but players must have a handicap index of 2.4 or less. Originally, entry was restricted to members of USGA-affiliated private clubs (and, presumably, international players who were members of private clubs affiliated with their nations' golf governing bodies), a restriction that was not lifted until 1979.[1] The tournament consists of two days of stroke play, with the leading 64 competitors then playing a knockout competition held at match play to decide the champion. All knockout matches are over 18 holes except for the final, which consists of 36 holes, separated into morning and afternoon 18-hole rounds. Nowadays it is usually won by players in their late teens or early twenties who are working towards a career as a tournament professional. Before World War II more top-level golfers chose to remain amateur, and the average age of U.S. Amateur champions was higher.

Many of the leading figures in the history of golf have been U.S. Amateur Champion, including Bobby Jones five times, Jerome Travers four times, Jack Nicklaus twice and Tiger Woods three times (all consecutive; the only player to win three in a row). Woods' first win, as an 18-year-old in 1994, made him the youngest winner of the event, breaking the previous record of 19 years 5 months set by Robert Gardner in 1909. In 2008, New Zealander Danny Lee became the youngest ever winner, only to be eclipsed by 17-year-old An Byeong-hun the following year. Before the professional game became dominant, the event was regarded as one of the majors. This is no longer the case, but the champion still receives an automatic invitation to play in all of the majors except the PGA Championship. In addition, the runner-up also receives an invitation to play in the Masters and the U.S. Open. However, the golfers must maintain their amateur status at the time the events are held (unless they qualify for the tournaments by other means).

With the growth in professional golf through the latter half of the 20th century, the U.S. Amateur has become dominated by younger players destined to soon become professionals. In 1981 the USGA established a new championship called the U.S. Mid-Amateur for amateurs aged at least 25 years old in order to give players who had not joined the professional ranks, and those who had regained their amateur status, a chance to play against each other for a national title.


While most players at the U.S. Amateur advance through sectional qualifying, a few players are exempt each year.

  1. Winners of the U.S. Amateur each of the last ten years.
  2. Runner-up of the U.S. Amateur each of the last three years.
  3. Semi-finalists of the U.S. Amateur each of the last two years.
  4. Quarter-finalists of the U.S. Amateur the previous year.
  5. Any player who qualified for the current year's U.S. Open.
  6. Those returning 72 hole scores from the previous year's U.S. Open.
  7. The amateur with the lowest score from the current year's U.S. Senior Open.
  8. From the U.S. Mid-Amateur: winner each of the last two years and runner-up from the previous year.
  9. From the U.S. Amateur Public Links: winner each of the last two years and runner-up from the previous year. Because the Amateur Public Links was discontinued after its 2014 edition, the runner-up exemption disappeared after the 2015 U.S. Amateur, and the winner's exemption disappeared after 2016.
  10. From the U.S. Junior Amateur: winner each of the last two years and runner-up from the previous year.
  11. From the U.S. Senior Amateur: winner each of the last two years and runner-up from the previous year.
  12. Playing members of the two most recent Walker Cup teams.
  13. Playing members of the two most recent U.S. Eisenhower Trophy teams.
  14. Playing members of the current year's U.S. Men's Copa de las Américas team.
  15. Winner of the current year's individual NCAA Division I Championship.
  16. Winner of the British Amateur Championship each of the last five years.
  17. Top fifty golfers in World Amateur Golf Ranking.
  18. Winner of the current year Latin America Amateur Championship.[2]

In all cases, the exemptions only apply if the player has not turned professional as of the tournament date.


Year Venue Winner Country Score Runner-up
2019 Pinehurst Resort Andy Ogletree   United States 2 & 1   John Augenstein
2018 Pebble Beach Golf Links Viktor Hovland   Norway 6 & 5   Devon Bling
2017 Riviera Country Club Doc Redman   United States 37th hole   Doug Ghim
2016 Oakland Hills Country Club Curtis Luck   Australia 6 & 4   Brad Dalke
2015 Olympia Fields Country Club Bryson DeChambeau   United States 7 & 6   Derek Bard
2014 Atlanta Athletic Club Gunn Yang   South Korea 2 & 1   Corey Conners
2013 The Country Club Matthew Fitzpatrick   England 4 & 3   Oliver Goss
2012 Cherry Hills Country Club Steven Fox   United States 37th hole   Michael Weaver
2011 Erin Hills Kelly Kraft   United States 2 up   Patrick Cantlay
2010 Chambers Bay Peter Uihlein   United States 4 & 2   David Chung
2009 Southern Hills Country Club An Byeong-hun   South Korea 7 & 5   Ben Martin
2008 Pinehurst Resort Danny Lee   New Zealand 5 & 4   Drew Kittleson
2007 Olympic Club Colt Knost   United States 2 & 1   Michael Thompson
2006 Hazeltine National Golf Club Richie Ramsay   Scotland 4 & 2   John Kelly
2005 Merion Golf Club Edoardo Molinari   Italy 4 & 3   Dillon Dougherty
2004 Winged Foot Golf Club Ryan Moore   United States 2 up   Luke List
2003 Oakmont Country Club Nick Flanagan   Australia 37th hole   Casey Wittenberg
2002 Oakland Hills Country Club Ricky Barnes   United States 2 & 1   Hunter Mahan
2001 East Lake Golf Club Bubba Dickerson   United States 1 up   Robert Hamilton
2000 Baltusrol Golf Club Jeff Quinney   United States 39th hole   James Driscoll
1999 Pebble Beach Golf Links David Gossett   United States 9 & 8   Kim Sung-yoon
1998 Oak Hill Country Club Hank Kuehne   United States 2 & 1   Tom McKnight
1997 Cog Hill Golf & Country Club Matt Kuchar   United States 2 & 1   Joel Kribel
1996 Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club Tiger Woods (3)   United States 38th hole   Steve Scott
1995 Newport Country Club Tiger Woods (2)   United States 2 up   Buddy Marucci
1994 TPC at Sawgrass Tiger Woods   United States 2 up   Trip Kuehne
1993 Champions Golf Club John Harris   United States 5 & 3   Danny Ellis
1992 Muirfield Village Justin Leonard   United States 8 & 7   Tom Scherrer
1991 Honors Course Mitch Voges   United States 7 & 6   Manny Zerman
1990 Cherry Hills Country Club Phil Mickelson   United States 5 & 4   Manny Zerman
1989 Merion Golf Club Chris Patton   United States 3 & 1   Danny Green
1988 The Homestead Eric Meeks   United States 7 & 6   Danny Yates
1987 Jupiter Hills Club Billy Mayfair   United States 4 & 3   Eric Rebmann
1986 Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club Buddy Alexander   United States 5 & 3   Chris Kite
1985 Montclair Golf Club Sam Randolph   United States 1 up   Peter Persons
1984 Oak Tree Golf Club Scott Verplank   United States 4 & 3   Sam Randolph
1983 North Shore Country Club Jay Sigel (2)   United States 8 & 7   Chris Perry
1982 The Country Club Jay Sigel   United States 8 & 7   David Tolley
1981 Olympic Club Nathaniel Crosby   United States 1 up   Brian Lindley
1980 The Country Club of North Carolina Hal Sutton   United States 9 & 8   Bob Lewis
1979 Canterbury Golf Club Mark O'Meara   United States 8 & 7   John Cook
1978 Plainfield Country Club John Cook   United States 5 & 4   Scott Hoch
1977 Aronimink Golf Club John Fought   United States 9 & 8   Doug Fischesser
1976 Bel-Air Country Club Bill Sander   United States 8 & 6   C. Parker Moore Jr.
1975 Country Club of Virginia Fred Ridley   United States 2 up   Keith Fergus
1974 Ridgewood Country Club Jerry Pate   United States 2 & 1   John Grace
1973 Inverness Club Craig Stadler   United States 6 & 5   David Strawn
1965–72: Stroke play
1972 Charlotte Country Club Vinny Giles   United States 285   Mark Hayes,
  Ben Crenshaw
1971 Wilmington Country Club Gary Cowan (2)   Canada 280   Eddie Pearce
1970 Waverley Country Club Lanny Wadkins   United States 279   Tom Kite
1969 Oakmont Country Club Steve Melnyk   United States 286   Vinny Giles
1968 Scioto Country Club Bruce Fleisher   United States 284   Vinny Giles
1967 Broadmoor Golf Club Bob Dickson   United States 285   Vinny Giles
1966 Merion Golf Club Gary Cowan   Canada 285   Deane Beman
1965 Southern Hills Country Club Bob Murphy   United States 291   Bob Dickson
1895–1964: Match play
1964 Canterbury Golf Club William C. Campbell   United States 1 up   Ed Tutwiler
1963 Wakonda Club Deane Beman (2)   United States 2 & 1   R. H. Sikes
1962 Pinehurst Resort Labron Harris, Jr.   United States 1 up   Downing Gray
1961 Pebble Beach Golf Links Jack Nicklaus (2)   United States 8 & 6   Dudley Wysong
1960 St. Louis Country Club Deane Beman   United States 6 & 4   Robert W. Gardner
1959 Broadmoor Golf Club Jack Nicklaus   United States 1 up   Charles Coe
1958 Olympic Club Charles Coe (2)   United States 5 & 4   Tommy Aaron
1957 The Country Club Hillman Robbins   United States 5 & 4   Bud Taylor
1956 Knollwood Club Harvie Ward (2)   United States 5 & 4   Chuck Kocsis
1955 Country Club of Virginia Harvie Ward   United States 9 & 8   Bill Hyndman
1954 Country Club of Detroit Arnold Palmer   United States 1 up   Robert Sweeny Jr.
1953 Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club Gene Littler   United States 1 up   Dale Morey
1952 Seattle Golf Club Jack Westland   United States 3 & 2   Al Mengert
1951 Saucon Valley Country Club Billy Maxwell   United States 4 & 3   Joseph F. Gagliardi
1950 Minneapolis Golf Club Sam Urzetta   United States 39th hole   Frank Stranahan
1949 Oak Hill Country Club Charles Coe   United States 11 & 10   Rufus King
1948 Memphis Country Club Willie Turnesa (2)   United States 2 & 1   Ray Billows
1947 Pebble Beach Golf Links Skee Riegel   United States 2 & 1   Johnny Dawson
1946 Baltusrol Golf Club Ted Bishop   United States 37th hole   Smiley Quick
1942–45: No championships due to World War II
1941 Omaha Field Club Bud Ward (2)   United States 4 & 3   Pat Abbott
1940 Winged Foot Golf Club Dick Chapman   United States 11 & 9   W. B. McCullough Jr.
1939 North Shore Country Club Bud Ward   United States 7 & 5   Ray Billows
1938 Oakmont Country Club Willie Turnesa   United States 8 & 7   Pat Abbott
1937 Alderwood Country Club Johnny Goodman   United States 2 up   Ray Billows
1936 Garden City Golf Club Johnny Fischer   United States 37th hole   Jack McLean
1935 The Country Club Lawson Little (2)   United States 4 & 2   Walter Emery
1934 The Country Club Lawson Little   United States 8 & 7   David Goldman
1933 Kenwood Country Club George Dunlap   United States 6 & 5   Max Marston
1932 Baltimore Country Club Ross Somerville   Canada 2 & 1   Johnny Goodman
1931 Beverly Country Club Francis Ouimet (2)   United States 6 & 5   Jack Westland
1930 Merion Golf Club Bobby Jones (5)   United States 8 & 7   Eugene V. Homans
1929 Pebble Beach Golf Links Jimmy Johnston   United States 4 & 3   Oscar Willing
1928 Brae Burn Country Club Bobby Jones (4)   United States 10 & 9   Philip Perkins
1927 Minikahda Club Bobby Jones (3)   United States 8 & 7   Chick Evans
1926 Baltusrol Golf Club George Von Elm   United States 2 & 1   Bobby Jones
1925 Oakmont Country Club Bobby Jones (2)   United States 8 & 7   Watts Gunn
1924 Merion Golf Club Bobby Jones   United States 9 & 8   George Von Elm
1923 Flossmoor Country Club Max Marston   United States 38th hole   Jess Sweetser
1922 The Country Club Jess Sweetser   United States 3 & 2   Chick Evans
1921 St. Louis Country Club Jesse Guilford   United States 7 & 6   Robert Gardner
1920 Engineers Country Club Chick Evans (2)   United States 7 & 6   Francis Ouimet
1919 Oakmont Country Club Davidson Herron   United States 5 & 4   Bobby Jones
1917–18: No championships due to World War I
1916 Merion Golf Club Chick Evans   United States 4 & 3   Robert Gardner
1915 Country Club of Detroit Robert Gardner (2)   United States 5 & 4   John G. Anderson
1914 Ekwanok Country Club Francis Ouimet   United States 6 & 5   Jerome Travers
1913 Garden City Golf Club Jerome Travers (4)   United States 5 & 4   John G. Anderson
1912 Chicago Golf Club Jerome Travers (3)   United States 7 & 6   Chick Evans
1911 The Apawamis Club Harold Hilton   England 37th hole   Fred Herreshoff
1910 The Country Club William C. Fownes Jr.   United States 4 & 3   Warren Wood
1909 Chicago Golf Club Robert Gardner   United States 4 & 3   Chandler Egan
1908 Garden City Golf Club Jerome Travers (2)   United States 8 & 7   Max H. Behr
1907 Euclid Club Jerome Travers   United States 6 & 5   Archibald Graham
1906 Englewood Golf Club Eben Byers   United States 2 up   George Lyon
1905 Chicago Golf Club Chandler Egan (2)   United States 6 & 5   Daniel Sawyer
1904 Baltusrol Golf Club Chandler Egan   United States 8 & 6   Fred Herreshoff
1903 Nassau Country Club Walter Travis (3)   United States 5 & 4   Eben Byers
1902 Glen View Club Louis N. James   United States 4 & 2   Eben Byers
1901 Atlantic City Country Club Walter Travis (2)   United States 5 & 4   Walter Egan
1900 Garden City Golf Club Walter Travis   United States 2 up   Findlay S. Douglas
1899 Onwentsia Club Herbert M. Harriman   United States 3 & 2   Findlay S. Douglas
1898 Morris County Golf Club Findlay S. Douglas   Scotland 5 & 3   Walter B. Smith
1897 Chicago Golf Club H. J. Whigham (2)   Scotland 8 & 6   W. Rossiter Betts
1896 Shinnecock Hills Golf Club H. J. Whigham   Scotland 8 & 7   Joseph G. Thorp
1895 Newport Country Club Charles B. Macdonald   United States 12 & 11   Charles Sands

Multiple winnersEdit

Eighteen players have won more than one U.S. Amateur, through 2018:

Eleven players have won both the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open Championships, through 2018:

Thirteen players have won both the U.S. Amateur and British Amateurs, through 2018:

Two players have won both the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Amateur Public Links in the same year, through 2018:

^ Won both in same year. Bobby Jones won the Grand Slam in 1930, winning the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open, British Amateur, and British Open.

Most times hostedEdit

Future sitesEdit


The U.S. Amateur results lead to exemptions into other tournaments. In all cases, the exemption holds only if the golfer retains their amateur status. All the exemptions listed below pertain to only the winner of the U.S. Amateur, unless otherwise stated.

Here are the major exemptions:

  • The next 10 years of the U.S. Amateur
  • The next 3 years of the U.S. Amateur (runner-up)
  • The next 2 years of the U.S. Amateur (semi-finalists)
  • The following year's U.S. Amateur (quarter-finalists)
  • The following year's U.S. Open (winner and runner-up)
  • The following year's Masters Tournament (winner and runner-up)
  • The following year's Open Championship[4]
  • The next 10 years of the Amateur Championship[5]

Here are the other exemptions:


  1. ^ "Changes Made to USGA Championship Roster" (Press release). United States Golf Association. February 11, 2013. Archived from the original on February 13, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  2. ^ "2018 Results". Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  3. ^ Archived July 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine – Future venues
  4. ^ "The Open - Exemptions". Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "The R&A - Conditions of Competition". Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Exemptions – Monroe Invitational". Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "Invitation Criteria". Retrieved July 20, 2018.

External linksEdit

  • Official site - most of the information is in the archive sections